When you first start off blogging it may only be for fun or for a hobby. You may just want somewhere to express yourself, your own virtual piece of land. I know this is why I originally started blogging. I wanted to “belong” to an online community, to share my knowledge and to learn more. I wanted to make friends and ultimately to create an online presence I could be proud of.
But as time passes you might begin to think and act like a professional blogger without even realizing it. I read this piece on Independent Fashion Bloggers, which was a great read as it can essentially be applied to any blogging category from financial blogs to mommy blogs. I realized after reading this article that technically I am a professional blogger. Yes I still maintain a full time job in the “real world” but deep down I would pretty much give anything to be able to live off an income by doing what I love. I spend hours a week on my blog not to mention money and energy.
Basically my blog has become like a second job. I finish up my real world job and then go home to work on my blog. I spend time taking and editing photos, writing content, thinking up ideas for posts, responding to comments, commenting on other people’s blogs and responding to emails regarding my blog.
So how do you know when you are a professional blogger? Here are some signs:
So how do you become a professional blogger?
Some people may still be at the hobby stage of their blog but would like to expand into professional blogging when they are ready. Here are some tips to get you started:
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Ilana Morgan is a freelance writer, blogger and magazine editor from Australia who enjoys writing about fashion, design and technology. She writes successful vintage fashion blog and loves her cat, family and cups of tea.